Belawan for Gunung Leuser National Park

BAY OF BENGAL- COLOMBO – SINGAPORE

from $10,710

DATES: 2022 – MAY 02

DURATION: 18 DAYS/17 NIGHTS

EMBARK: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

DISEMBARK: SINGAPORE

SHIP: Silver Explorer

FROM: $10,710 After 10% Early Booking Savings

Free Economy or reduced rate Business Class Air

 

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All about the BAY OF BENGAL- COLOMBO – SINGAPORE.
Sail the coasts of the Bay of Bengal from India’s teardrop, via the subcontinent and Myanmar
to Singapore. Expect a plethora of experience over the next 16 days, including heritage sites,
a life-changing visit to the Gunung Leuser National Park in search of orangutans. The virtually
unknown Mergui archipelago would come a close second however as would a trip to Port
Blair’s (in)famous prison. There are so many highlights on this voyage it would be impossible
to name them all.

Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising

  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited free Wi-fi 
  • Free Economy Air – or reduced rate Business Class air
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay and transfers

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spa and Beauty Parlor Services
  • Select premium wines
  • Additional pre- or post-cruise arrangements

  1. Day 1 ARRIVE COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

    Transfer to your included hotel.
Perfumed flower garlands, colonial roots, and lavish afternoon teas welcome you to the former garden city of Colombo. Sri Lanka’s easy breezy city is certainly intoxicating, with its cinnamon dusted air, steaming cups of delicate ceylon, and sassy seaside charm.

  2. DAY 2 EXPLORE COLOMBO, EMBARKATION

    Enjoy your free time to explore the city and surrounds. Transfer to the pier for embarkation and departure.

    Perfumed flower garlands, colonial roots, and lavish afternoon teas welcome you to the former garden city of Colombo. Sri Lanka’s easy breezy city is certainly intoxicating, with its cinnamon dusted air, steaming cups of delicate ceylon, and sassy seaside charm. A place of full sensory immersion, explore tangled streets to sidestep frantic tuk-tuks and gaze in awe at grand colonial buildings turned heritage hotels. Cute cafes usher you inside for sweet lassi, and the walls are made for a pleasantly laxidasical pace of walking. They’re perhaps most impressive on stormy days, when you can watch bruised clouds tumble and roil across the sea from this perfect vantage point. Back in the capital, stroll the ornate halls of the National Museum where gilded swords, studded masks, and rare artifacts from the ancient world and colonial times are gathered. Visit the Gangaramaya Temple, to walk among the orange-robed monks who glide between flora-strewn alters, or plunge into the chaos of Pettah – where market cries reach orchestral heights. An incredible gathering of carved Hindu gods decorate the colorful pyramid of the Captain’s Garden Kovil temple – the oldest Hindu temple in the city, which rises majestically from the surrounding railway tracks. Forever the dish of the day, crab is a must in Colombo. Sit down, tuck in your bib and use your hands to crack, scoop and suck out the soft white meat – especially delicious when smothered in lashings of garlic and fiery chili.

  3. DAY 3 GALLE, SRI LANKA

    Galle is an ancient Muslim port where different political influences from Europe have merged. In fact, the Galle Fort was occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British until the late 19th century. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, it is surrounded by the sea on three sides. The surviving Dutch-colonial architecture and narrow streets exude the historic atmosphere of this living fort. The 18th century Dutch church has a splendid wooden memorial to one of the commanders of Galle, while the Arab quarter has a distinctly Moorish touch.

    INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

    Galle Fort and Ceylon Tea Plantation

    Enjoy some of the unique flavor Sri Lanka offers on this delightful tour of history and cuisine. First, depart for a tea estate for the complete tea experience. Get an introduction to the fascinating process of tea production, starting from the picking of the leaf by local women to the weighing, processing and packaging the leaf at the factory. A tea tasting follows to give you the opportunity to sample the varieties available.

    For lunch, drive to Unawatuna Beach Resort, one of Sri Lanka’s best beaches, for a distinctive local seafood barbecue accompanied by Sri Lankan Baila musicians. The resort also offers you a chance to enjoy a dip in the ocean.

    Then it’s time to explore the ancient Muslim port of Galle. The different political influences from Europe can be seen at the Galle Fort, which has been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British until the late 19th century. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, the fort is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Walking along the narrow streets one can best absorb the atmosphere of this living fort, surrounded by narrow streets lined with surviving examples of Dutch architecture. See the 18th century Dutch church with its splendid wooden memorial to one of the commanders of Galle. Walk through the Arab quarter of Galle, with its distinctly Moorish touch.

    Walking tour culminates at the Rampart hotel, for tea, coffee and refreshments. Afterwards, board a tuk tuk and proceed to the Galle National Museum.
    After the walking tour, enjoy traditional Sri Lankan refreshments before making the return trip to the ship.

  4. DAY 4 HAMBANTOTA, SRI LANKA

    Far to the south of Sri Lanka is the city of Hambantota with a colorful and storied traditional Ruhuna past and great promise for the future. This gateway to Sri Lanka is rich in resources and since being upset by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, has put great emphasis on rebuilding and moving progressively into a central role in the development of the southern region of Sri Lanka. Traditionally an agricultural area, the region is also known for having some of the country’s most skilled jewelers and crafts people. The bazaar or ‘pola’ is a popular market place where locals sell produce, goods, and fish.

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    Game Drive at Yala National Park

    Experience the spectacular natural beauty, wildlife and bird species of Sri Lanka during this picturesque, full-day excursion to Yala National Park.

    Depart the ship in the early morning for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Yala National Park, the second-largest national park in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, begin your game drive. The park’s diverse habitats, including forests, swamps, grasslands and brackish lagoons, offer a unique experience for visitors and support an abundance of animals.

    As you traverse the splendid natural landscape of Yala National Park, search for diverse and abundant park inhabitants such as the spotted deer, wild buffalo, mongoose, crocodile and many more. Yala’s bird-life includes over 130 different species, with six species endemic to Sri Lanka. At the conclusion of your game drive, proceed for a ’forest brunch’, before you commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.

    Elephants of Udawalawe

    Explore the pristine natural splendor, elephants and wildlife of Sri Lanka during this excursion to Udawalawe National Park.

    Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive north and inland to Udawalawe National Park. Upon arrival, begin your game drive through Udawalawe National Park. With its open grasslands and stark, dramatic landscape, the park resembles the African savannah and is centered around a large water reservoir.During your game drive, look for adult elephants bathing or frolicking with their young ones, water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys, and a wide array of diverse bird species. Following your game drive, proceed for lunch and then re-board your coach for the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.

  5. DAY 5 TRINCOMALEE, SRI LANKA

    Built on a truly majestic natural harbor – one of the world’s largest – Trincomalee is a gateway to the deep historical interests of Sri Lanka. Richly cultural and historic, Trincomalee is surrounded by treasured sites, which hark back thousands of years – and hold unprecedented cultural value. Set on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka – on the peninsula that it shares its name with – venture inland to explore some of the world’s most majestic and evocative archaeological and holy sites. Or, take it easy and lay back on Trincomalee’s plentiful, palm-lined beaches. Boat tours can take you out to cruise among dolphins and whales, or to the reefs of Pigeon Island. A swirl of colonial houses, temples and mosques line the multi-cultural streets of this fascinating destination. Live like a local and start the day with a steaming cup of Ceylon tea and buffalo curd for breakfast before heading out to visit extraordinary sites of ancient worship, as you explore Sri Lanka’s incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Head inland to the jaw-dropping Golden Temple of Dambulla, a vast temple, dominated by a gleaming gold Buddha figure. The amazing Ancient City of Polonnaruwa dates back to the 12th century and is an unearthed treasure trove of ruins – famous for its meticulously thought out urban planning. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka, and you can visit the first capital at the Sacred City of Anuradhapura – a place of immense value to the Buddhist faith. The Sirigiya Rock Fortress is a jaw-dropping collaboration between man and nature, and the incredible fortress sits perched above an almighty 200-metre high slab of rock.

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    Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

    Visit the first city of the region, Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to the 11th century CE, this medieval capital was dominated by three successive kings. Though plundered and ravaged in later centuries, the place still holds evidence of this earlier grandeur. Explore the rectangle-shaped planned city, whose walls are still in place, along with ruins of palace buildings, dagobas, temples and other religious structures.

    Arrive at the port and drive via coach (approximately 2.5 hours) to Polonnaruwa. Visit the on-site museum and proceed by tuk-tuk to the sacred city. There will be time to visit the quadrangle area, Rankot Vihara and Gal Vihara areas of this roving site.Then take another tuk-tuk ride to a hotel for lunch before making the return trip to re-board the ship.

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Guests who would like an active hike can visit Sigiriya, Asia’s best-preserved city center dating back to the first millennium. Known as the Rock Fortress, this rocky outcropping rises dramatically from the surrounding landscape with dramatic near-vertical walls of multi-colored stone, rising to a plateau-like summit that holds the vestiges of an ancient culture.

    Sigiriya is considered by anthropologists as some kind of epicenter of an ancient and short-lived kingdom, Kassapa (late 400s CE). Its name is derived from a gateway built by the Kassapa king that looked like a lion; Sigiriya means the Lion Rock. In the 14th century the place was used as a Buddhist monastery and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered to be one of the best-preserved ancient urban planning.Drive by coach through scenic roads to reach Sigiriya and rest up for an intense hike to the summit. Reach the top after one hour’s climb and take in the incredible panoramic views available from the top. Upon completing your descent enjoy a well-earned lunch before making the return trip to the port.

    Sacred City of Anuradhapura

    Make a visit to Anuradhapura, the greatest monastic city of ancient Sri Lanka and the island’s first capital. According to UNESCO, this sacred city was established around a cutting from the tree of enlightenment, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns.

    Serving as a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, Anuradhapura was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Before it collapsed it was royal capital for more than 100 Sri Lankan Kings and at its heights was home to thousands of monks from dozens of monasteries.Arrive at the port and board a coach to make the two-hour drive to Anuradhapura. Explore the site’s wonders, then transfer to a hotel for lunch. Depart via coach back to the port to return to the ship.

  6. DAY 6 - 7 AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  7. DAY 8 PORT BLAIR, ROSS ISLAND, ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA

    PORT BLAIR
    Rising majestically up from emerald waters, Port Blair in the Andaman Islands has to be seen to be believed. An ex-18th century penal colony, the island is today the capital city in the Andamans as well as being the main entry point for the rest of the archipelago. As with the other islands in the archipelago (86% of the Andamans are covered with forest), wildlife is diverse and plentiful and offers much in the way of amusement: 270 species of birds (including 14 endemic birds) call the islands home. The Asian elephant has been introduced and now thrives in the habitat. Pay a visit to the Mount Harriet National Park to the north of Port Blair for a chance to see these gentle giants undisturbed and unafraid. The jewel in Port Blair’s wildlife crown is of course the underwater life, which is made all the more spectacular by the island’s coral reef. Snorkeling and diving are major pastimes here, and nearby spots such as Mahatma Ghandi Marine Reserve, Corbyn’s Cove and Ross Island are world famous among the diving community for their psychedelic offerings. The aforementioned penal colony was established in 1789. The Cellular Jail, built by the British when the island was under their reign, is today Port Blair’s major attraction. The jail has been dedicated as a shrine to the freedom fighters that were held here during India’s struggle for independence. Though only three wings remain of the original six, it still gives a fair impression of the conditions under which the detainees were kept here.

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    Port Blair Highlights

    Visit Port Blair, full of political history. It is an early morning departure for Port Blair, where the excursion begins with a visit to the Cellular Jail National Memorial for a guided tour by the Curator, Ms. Rashida Iqbal (subject to availability). Completed by the British in 1906, the infamous prison was built in such a way that no inmates could communicate with one another. The jail incarcerated revolutionaries during India’s struggle for independence. Political prisoners were subjected to harsh living conditions, including solitary confinement, and endured brutal work programs. Today, only three prison wings of the original six remain, yet the jail still offers a lasting impression of why this island paradise was once called ”Kala Pani,” or the ”Place of Black Waters.”

    Next drive to Megapode hotel for refreshments, and then proceed to the Anthropological Museum, which offers exhibits explaining the way of life of the four local tribes of the Andaman Islands and the two additional tribes of the Nicobar Islands. Learn from a renowned anthropologist (as available) and receive a brief introduction of the various tribes, display of tools, clothing and photographs, all offering a glimpse of the history and way of life of these indigenous tribes. Of the particular are the authentic reconstructions of tribal dwellings, giving a tangible sense of tribal culture. This museum provides a thorough and sympathetic portrait of the islands’ indigenous tribal communities. Return back to the ship.

    ROSS ISLAND
    Originally chosen by the British as the capital of the Andaman Islands, today Ross Island is characterized by a series of old buildings, left behind from a gilded age of occupancy between 1858 and 1941. Among the relics are a church, bakery, three clubs, printing press, government offices, Chief Commissioner’s house, tennis courts, an ice-making plant and a cemetery – all now in ruins. Creeping vines, fig and banyan tree roots overgrow and encase many of the old buildings giving the place a mysterious, haunting and timeless beauty.
    INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS
    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team

    Take a walk through the concrete paths and explore the island accompanied by your Expedition staff and local guides.

    Discover the island’s history. Ross Island was the Administrative Headquarters for the Andaman Islands for 85 years before an earthquake rocked it in 1941. See remnants of an opulent past in the ruins of the bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery, swimming pool, the Chief Commissioner’s residence with its huge gardens and state grand ballrooms, the Government House, the old ’Andamanese Home’, Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime.During your walk, be on the lookout for spotted deer and White bellied sea eagles which are commonly seen in the vicinity of the pier.

  8. DAY 9 LONG ISLAND, ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA

    Long Island is a small island off the east coast of India’s Middle Andaman Island and has a population of some 2,000 residents in the southern part of its 18 square kilometers. Dense tropical forests range from tidal swamp to evergreen forests and can only be reached or crossed by narrow concrete footpaths when coming from the south. Secluded Lalaji Bay on Long Island’s eastern shore offers a white sandy beach for relaxation, swimming, snorkeling and bird-watching. Green sea turtles and Olive Ridley turtles are often seen between November and February as their nesting grounds are close by.

    INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

    Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
    Your Snorkel Master will set up a Zodiac a plataform for you to enjoy snorkeling in a large, flat crystal clear shallow reef surrounded by deep waters. Look out for Feather stars, Cuttlefish, Parrotfish, Moorish idol, Blue fin trevally and many other species.

    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team

    Join the Expedition team on a easy hike in a prime forest in search of endemic birds such as the Andaman woody pigeon, the Andaman serpent eagle, Andaman coucal, Narcondam hornbill, the Andaman scops owl, and many others. Enjoy the pristine white beaches and relax on the shade of the palm grove.

     

  9. DAY 10 AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  10. DAY 11 KAWTHAUNG, MYANMAR

    A popular port of entry into Myanmar, Kawthaung was formerly known as Victoria Point. Interestingly enough it has a strong Muslim and Indian influence, in addition to a Buddhist monastery atop the hill to the north of town. The monastery has impressive carved guardian dragons and offers nice views of Kawthaung. The city is diverse claiming people of Bamar, Thai, Shan, Karen, and Mon descent. The most commonly spoken languages are Burmese and Thai, and the economy revolves around rubber, betel nut, cashew nut, coconut and oil palm. Kawthaung has a large port, but the fishing industry is restricted by the government and tourism is beginning to constitute a larger segment of the local economy. The nearby Mergui Archipelago plays a significant role in attracting visitors to the region thanks to the islands’ pristine forests, coral reefs, and wildlife.

  11. DAY 12 NORTH LAMPI, MERQUI ARCHIPELAGO | FROST ISLAND, MYANMAR

    NORTH LAMPI

    Kyunn Tann Shey (Lampi Island) is a large and mountainous island of the Mergui Islands located in the Lampi Group. Lampi is officially uninhabited but does host fishing nomads who stop to camp on the island’s shores. It is rich in biodiversity, mangroves and coral reefs, and is big enough to hold wild animals – for a while it was even rumored to shelter a small herd of elephants. With rainforest and a fringing coral reef, Lampi’s outstanding beauty is enhanced by monkeys and hornbills in the forests, and sea eagles soaring in the blue skies overhead. Lampi was established in 1995 as Myanmar’s first marine national park. Ashore you can witness some of the area’s exotic flora and fauna. The surrounding islands offer beaches regardless of tides. More than 50 white sand beaches and fringing reefs wait to be used for snorkeling, bird-watching and relaxing.

     

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    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team

    Lampi Marine National Park is the only marine national park in Myanmar. Lampi Island is the ”Mother island” of the Moken, the sea gypsies who roamed the Andaman Sea with their traditional boats and who have now settled inside the park. Take an early morning Zodiac cruise past the village and see their boats, the locals doing their daily business and look for wildlife. Possible species seen are Crab eating macaque, White-bellied sea eagle, Brahminy kte, Slender-billed crow, Eastern reef heron, Straited heron, Chinese pond heron, Brown winged kingfisher, Collared kingfisher, Common kingfisher, Far eastern curlew, Common sandpiper.

    FROST ISLAND

    Frost Island is in the ‘Mid-Group’ of the Mergui Archipelago, a chain of roughly 800 islands that lies to the west of southern Myanmar in the Andaman Sea. Most of the archipelago is still largely undiscovered by tourism and many islands are as yet undeveloped. Tiny Frost Island in particular is known for large fig trees growing right on the beach and hundreds of hermit crab residents on its powdery white-sand beaches. The Salone people (known as Moken in Thailand and Malaysia and as Sea Gypsies in English) are the only human inhabitants of this area. A chance to meet them and see their unique boat designs is always a possibility. Frost Island is also rich in options for diving and snorkeling among schools of brightly colored tropical fish thanks to the surrounding coral reefs, clear waters, and a long sandy beach on the northern shore.

    INCLUDED SHORE EXCRUSIONS

    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition Team

    After an easy wet landing on a white sandy coral beach, enjoy the fringing coral reef a few meters from the coast, admire sea bed with numerous sea urchins, look for Damselfish, Angel fish, Gar fish and many other species that can be found in this area.

    Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

    After an easy wet landing on a white sandy coral beach, enjoy the fringing coral reef a few meters from the coast, admire sea bed with numerous sea urchins, look for Damselfish, Angel fish, Gar fish and many other species that can be found in this area.

  12. DAY 13 SOUTH LAMPI, MERQUI ARCHIPELAGO | BO CHO ISLAND | SHARK ISLAND, MYANMAR

    Lush and teeming with some of the best seafood in the world, Bo Cho Island is located south of Lampi Island in the Mergui Archipelago. The island’s stunning natural beauty, with white sand beaches and aquamarine waters, is complemented by the simple houses built on stilts near the shore, from which residents keep a watchful eye on their boats and the sea. Bo Cho Island is a sacred home for the Moken (Sea Gypsy), and a small resettlement zone has been established on the island which has turned into a year-round Moken village of approximately one thousand year-round residents. Visitors going ashore can take in a local culture that is deeply connected to the ocean, where locals employ unique methods for fishing and boat design. On the island there is also a small temple with a statue of the Buddha in view of the bright turquoise sea.

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    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team

    Your Expedition team will lead you on an easy exploratory hike of the Island to meet many of the locals and spot some of the loacl wildlife such as Civets, northern pig-tailed macaques, dusky langurs Bengal slow loris’ and many more – if we are fortunate!

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team

    Bo Cho Island is a lush island just opposite the southeastern tip of Lampi. In the channel between the two islands lies the Moken village Ma Kyone Galet. Moken fishermen find shelter here during the rainy season and some families have made it their permanent home and today we have the opportunity to visit this community, see the large Buddha statue overlooking the bay and experience the local cultures. About 850 people live here on houses built on stilts near the water to keep an eye on their fishing boats.

    SHARK ISLAND
    Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

    Today we will be able to snorkel from a beautiful white sandy beach, shallow at the start and getting deep quite quickly with corals starting from approximately 50mts (164ft). The corals that inhabit this sea are mainly Porites, a type of coral that supports marine life like Christmas Tree Worms, Feather and Blue Sea Stars and clams, but we will also see Damsel fish, Parrot fish, Surgeon fish, Clown fish and Butterfly fish.

     

  13. DAY 14 AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  14. DAY 15 - 16 BELAWAN FOR GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK

    To call North Sumatra’s Gunung Leuser National Park big is an understatement. It’s vast. It’s epic. At over 3,000 square miles, its behemoth. The park is named after Mount Leuser (10,230 feet) and straddles the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. The range pf ecosystems in the park is astonishing; tropical rain forest, lowland forest, mountainous terrain, freshwater lakes and rivers and alpine meadows are just the beginning. This glorious diversity has earnt the park its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve site. Over 120 mammals, 350 species of birds and 4000 plant species are found in the park, including the exponentially rare Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, sambar deer and leopard cat. Wildlife sightings are guaranteed. By following your experienced guide’s advice, trek in silence, wait and listen. You’ll be greeted with a cacophony of squawks and squeals and sightings that will go down in your personal history. Don’t be surprised if you hear the distinct kissing mating calls of orang-utan. The Bohorok Orangutan Sanctuary of Bukit Lawang is located on the eastern side of the park and is one of the world’s leaders for orang-utan observation. From its inception in 1973 to its temporary closing after a flash flood destroyed it in 2002, the rehabilitation centre cared for and released captive orang-utans to the wild. Thanks to several international aid agencies, the centre was rebuilt in 2004 and continues to do exceptionally fine work.

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    Bukit Lawang National Park

    Depart in the morning and ride to Bukit Lawang National park to visit the incredible Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Pass through Binjai village for a rest stop and continue on, passing through sweeping panoramic views of rice fields and palm oil plantations.

    Spend time at Bukit Lawang National Park, which has been a haven and home of orangutans since 1970s. Many orangutans have been reintroduced into the wild, however some of them still return to this area to feed every now and then. Upon arriving, stop at Rindu Alam restaurant for a few minutes’ break and a briefing with a park ranger. Your trek to spot the orangutans begins with walking to Eco Lodge, passing through the swinging bridge. Observe the rubber plantation, cocoa and coffee plantation and look to the tree tops, as group of monkeys often jump over the plantations just above you. Continue your trek to the Bukit Lawang National Park to spot the majestic creatures of Orangutan with their long red hair. Orangutan is a fascinating mammal, with human like characteristic and beautiful, expressive faces.Please note seeing the orangutans are never guaranteed, but they are usually spotted. After trekking, return to Rindu alam restaurant and enjoy your lunch. Stretch your legs before riding back to the port.

    Medan City Highlights
    During your half day tour you will have opportunity to visit the highlights of Medan City. Depart in the morning and head to Tjong A Fie Mansion, a two-story mansion, which was built by Tjong A Fie, a Hakka merchant who came to own much of the land in Medan through his plantations. He later went on to become ’Majoor der Chineezen’ (leader of the Chinese’) in Medan and constructed the Medan-Belawan railway. Next is Pajak Ikan Lama, a local market which is famous for its batik and textiles. This bustling market is where local people shop for attire for special occasions such as weddings and Muslim festivals, as well as for every day needs. After a market visit, continue to the Museum of North Sumatra, which was built in 1954 and includes some impressive stone carvings from Nias Island; See weaponry used during the War of Independence and some other pre-historic gems. This is a great place to learn some local history, and so see some impressive Buddhist statues, as well as 8th century Arabic gravestones.The last stop is a visit to Maha Vihara Meitriya, the largest non-historical Buddhist temple in southeast Asia decorated with various statues such as dragons and mythical animals reliefs on the wall of the monastery before returning back to the port.
  15. DAY 17 AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  16. DAY 18 SINGAPORE - DISEMBARK

    Advanced, airy and elevated, Singapore is a spectacular, futuristic vision of utopian city life. A healthy population of almost six million call it home, but this is a city designed with space to breathe, and gorgeous outdoor parks, massive indoor greenhouses and beautiful recreational spaces spread between the City of Gardens’ skyscrapers and soaring structures. Once a quiet fishing village, now a glistening island city-state and an international beacon of science, education and technology. Singapore is almost intimidatingly clean – and the hyper-efficient public transport system whips residents and visitors across the city’s neighborhoods in a heartbeat. Glorious fountains and audacious skyscrapers loom up – nodding to traditional feng shui beliefs – and putting on dazzling illuminated displays after dark. The lush green botanical gardens are a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering 52 hectares and decorated with impressive colourful orchids. Or breathe in more of the freshest air by heading up to wander the canopy strung bridges of MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Head for the iconic Marina Bay – a landmark of the city crowned by three interconnected towers, which watch out over island sprinkled waters. Jaunt between Little India and the atmospheric Chinatown in minutes, where beautiful temples – like the Chinese Thian Hock Keng Temple and Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple add rich cultural intrigue. Singapore’s cuisine is a mouthwatering fusion of its Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, and Malay influences, taking and enhancing the best of each. Enjoy dishes in towering restaurants, or toast the glowing skyline with the city’s eponymous gin-soaked cocktail – a Singapore Sling.

    Transfer to airport, or hotel to stay and explore this world-class city-state.

    Pre- and post-cruise programs are available.

Silver Explorer

The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Fast Facts

  • Officers: International
  • Length: 354 ft
  • Beam: 52 ft
  • Tonnage: 6,072
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 117
  • Passenger Capacity: 132

 

PUBLIC AREAS:

Beauty Salon
A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

Boutiques
Featuring designer collections and duty-free shopping, the onboard Boutiques offer a selection of jewelery, fashions, perfumes and Silversea logo items. Shops are closed while in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase.

Connoisseur’s Corner
The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.

Internet Café
Email friends and family back home or surf the web for a nominal fee. CD burners, headphones, digital camera media readers, and complimentary black and white laser printing are also available.

Launderette
Complimentary self-service laundry facilities are available onboard.

Library
The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. Movies are also available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.

Observation Lounge
Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view.

Outdoor Grill and Whirl Pool
Alfresco dining in the soft ocean breeze. Menu options include healthy CruiseLite selections, fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare.

Panorama Lounge
The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.

Reception
This central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.

The Restaurant
Sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight, The Restaurant encircles its guests with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service.

The Spa at Silversea
Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

The Theater
Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields.

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Fine bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• A choice of nine pillow types
• Plush robes and slippers
• Personalized stationery
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Unlimited free Wi-fi

• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

OWNER’S SUITE
Owner’s Suite can accommodate 3 guests

728 sq. ft./67 m2 including large veranda (158 sq. ft./15 m2)

Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

GRAND SUITE
Grand Suite can accommodate 3 guests.

618 sq. ft./57 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

MEDALLION SUITE
400 sq. ft./37 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table

SILVER SUITE/EXPEDITION SUITE
Silver and Expedition suites can accommodate three guests.

SILVER SUITE 422 sq. ft./39 m2 including 2 French Balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (30 sq. ft./3 m2)
EXPEDITION SUITE 388-397 sq. ft./36-37 m2 with 2 view windows or 2 large picture windows
Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer (Silver Suite), Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service (Silver Suite), Afternoon canapés upon request
(Silver Suite), Dinner at officer’s table (Silver Suite)

VERANDA/VISTA/VIEW SUITE
VERANDA SUITE 206-216 sq. ft./19-20 m2 including French Balcony
(16 sq. ft./1.5 m2) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
VISTA SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
VIEW SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with view window

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Veranda suites 500, 501, 512 and 513 have a fixed queen-sized bed), Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View suites 310, 311, 312, 313 and Vista suites 410, 412, 415, 417), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

EXPLORER SUITE/ADVENTURER SUITE
EXPLORER SUITE 175–190 sq. ft./16–18 m2 with view window
ADVENTURER SUITE 157–167 sq. ft./14 – 15 m2 with 2 portholes

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/ shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

Silver Explorer Deck Plan